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The Houston Texans selected the first players in franchise history.

The 2002 National Football League Expansion Draft was the most recent National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Houston Texans, selected its first players. On October 6, 1999, in Atlanta, NFL owners had unanimously voted to award the 32nd NFL franchise and the Super Bowl XXXVIII to the city of Houston, Texas.[1] So that the Texans could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Texans the first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 18, 2002.[2][3][4][5]

In this draft, held months before the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Texans could select to switch to the new team. This was the second expansion draft after the NFL had instituted the salary cap, which limited the total amount teams could spend on the their roster of players. Teams placed many quality players on the list who had large contracts, as the Texans were required to assume the contracts of those players if selected.[6][7] The Texans selected three players with a total salary-cap value of $14.9 million from the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were $23 million over the cap; three players with a total salary-cap value of $14.1 million from the New York Jets, who were $16 million over the cap; and two players with a total salary-cap value of $7.1 million from the Baltimore Ravens, who were $23 million over the cap.[8] The list included 155 NFL players,[9][10] 25 of whom were Pro Bowl players. The draft took place live and aired on ESPN. The Texans drafted a total of nineteen players.[2][3][5][11]

Rules of the Draft


Each NFL team listed five players that the Texans could select,[6][7][9] and the Texans were required to claim either 30 players[6][7][9] or $27.2 million in contracts (38% of the 2002 salary cap).[7][9][12] After the Texans selected a player from an existing team, that team could remove a player from their remaining list.[7][9][12] If a second player was taken, the existing team could then pull back its remaining two players.[7][9][12] However, teams were not required to remove players from the draftable list, resulting in three Jets and three Jaguars being drafted to the Texans. The Texans were prohibited from selecting a player from a team and trading the player back to that club.[12]

Player limitations

Existing teams were not allowed to put punters or kickers on the list,[7][9] nor any player from their 2001 roster who would have become an unrestricted free agent in 2002.[7] They could not list players who went on injured reserve during the 2001 summer's training camp[7][9] nor any player who would become a restricted free agent after the 2001 season.[7] Their list could include only one player with more than 10 years' experience.[7][9]

Salary cap ramifications

The Texans assumed the contracts of the players they selected, including all future portions of their signing bonuses and any guarantees or other terms.[12] If the Texans cut a selection and he re-signed with his old team, the existing team re-assumed his signing bonus.[12] Extra bonuses that did not count against the Texans' salary cap were given to veteran players who were selected.[12] Those selected received $10,000 immediately, an additional $20,000 bonus for reporting to training camp, and another $30,000 for making the active roster during the regular season.[12]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [13]
Pick Player Name Position Original NFL Team Salary Cap Figure
1 Tony Boselli Offensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars $6,883,332
2 Ryan Young Offensive Tackle New York Jets $563,000
3 Aaron Glenn Cornerback New York Jets $8,013,177
4 Gary Walker Defensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars $5,250,000
5 Jamie Sharper Linebacker Baltimore Ravens $2,875,000
6 Jermaine Lewis Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens $4,289,333
7 Marcus Coleman Cornerback New York Jets $5,480,750
8 Seth Payne Defensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars $2,775,000
9 Matt Campbell Offensive Guard Washington Redskins $875,000
10 Matt Stevens Safety New England Patriots $565,000
11 Jeremy McKinney Offensive Guard Cleveland Browns $405,760
12 Ryan Schau Offensive Tackle Philadelphia Eagles $563,000
13 Charlie Rogers Kick Returner Seattle Seahawks $563,000
14 Sean McDermott Tight End Tampa Bay Buccaneers $300,000
15 Jabari Issa Defensive End Arizona Cardinals $397,666
16 Avion Black Wide Receiver Buffalo Bills $460,000
17 Danny Wuerffel Quarterback Chicago Bears $555,760
18 Brian Allen Linebacker St. Louis Rams $452,000
19 Johnny Huggins Tight End Dallas Cowboys $300,000


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  13. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler with an asterisk if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career. A dagger indicates a player who was selected to the Pro Bowl only as a member of another team.